Rite to Reign - You can order it now!

>> Sunday, June 17, 2018


Another release (another book bundle) is on the horizon (You like what I did there?)

've mentioned a couple times that Mirren Hogan and I and I have written a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, involving both witchcraft and royalty, together. But, even bigger than that news is that our books is only one of a 25 novel set, full of witchcraft and royalty, mayhem and mischief. Find all your links here or there's also B&N and Kobo specific links

Still, even among exalted book companions, Mirren and I had to be different...


Incantation

Granace had survived innumerable European wars by way of witchcraft, but times were changing. Now, tourism and political machinations were the order of the day.
So, David, the Prince of Granace, was forbidden to practice the witchcraft he yearned to pursue, told to leave it to the women in their matriarchal society, and prepare himself to marry for the country's advantage.
But he couldn't, not only because no princess appealed like his best friend, Henry, but also because he was convinced he'd need those skills if his country was going to survive the most diabolical attack…

And hey, here's a blurb:

"I have just want you need." She ran to a large trunk in the back and began rummaging through it throwing this and that out over her shoulder. Some of the items were recognizable but plenty were a mystery. "This!" She trotted back, a carved crystal bottle between her withered hands.
"What is it?"
"Elixir of regeneration. One sip, and your magic will replenish. But only take one. If you take a second one in less than a month, you'll likely explode with the power."
David reached for it. "That will be twenty-five gold. Elixir doesn't come cheap you know."
David scrounged in his pocket and had to fish a few extra pieces from his other pocket. She handed him the bottle with a flourish, then turned her beady little eyes on Henry. "Now, for you."
He took a step back. "I don't know. I think maybe I'm fine after all." He didn't feel like exploding from using something wrong. He could endanger himself perfectly well without help.
"Come, come, the price has already been paid. You need only choose a card."
Henry sighed, but turned his face and tugged a card free. "It better not be the death card." He knew enough about tarot to know it only meant change, not literal death, but he still didn't want to see it.
"Strength," she said, her eyes brightening. "Aren't you the hidden treasure? Well, well." She gripped his hand before he could return the card. "Yes, yes, I feel it. So much strength. You only need the key. The key!" She tossed his hand aside and fetched an ornate jewelry box off the shelf, cackling to herself.
Henry wound a hand in the air near his ear, gesturing to David that he thought maybe she was at least a little bit crazy. They might be too, for listening to her.
"What kind of key?" he asked, not bothering to try to sound like he bought it.
"Well," David whispered to him, "she did know control is one of my weak spots."
"A-ha!" she exulted, swinging a silver chain over her head. "It's here," she said with great portent. "The key."
And there it was, a tiny silver key on a long thick silver chain.
"Well it's a key," Henry replied. "What does it do?" It looked like the kind which opened a child's diary, not a magical artifact of any actual use.
She ignored his reluctance and slipped the chain over his neck. "When the time is right," she said in a whisper with a blast of smoky breath, "it will let you open up the heart of your power."
"How much," said David, fishing the last of the coins from his pocket.
She waved a hand. "You've been such good customers. Call it a bonus."
Henry shrugged. “Thanks, I guess.” It probably wouldn’t do anything anyway. “We should get going.”
David nodded, but thanked the creepy old woman a little too warmly. Then, just before he left, he said, "Hey, do you know unicorns eat? Is it the same as regular horses?"
"Of course not. Unicorns eat shit. They like cow and horse shit, but nothing makes them happier than dragon dung."
"Really?" David said before he was jerked out the front door.
"I think she was full of shit," Henry said, once they were out of earshot. "Who ever heard so much rubbish?"

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New Release, Adana the Earth Dragon: An Elemental Tale

>> Saturday, April 14, 2018

I don't often do children's books, but, hey, this is a dragon and Roxy really liked it, so here it goes.

Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons.

Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things?
An elemental tale from the author of P.A.W.S. and Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip.
Illustrated by Tina Wijesiri.


"This is a wonderful story that kids will fall in love with. Beautifully written and illustrated. " Cindy Shirley, The Fabulous Life of Minnie the Sassy Chick

Available April 22 from Amazon in paperback, Kindle or Audio book

Signed copies available from Debbie Manber Kupfer

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Ideal Insurgent by ME!

>> Monday, March 12, 2018

Have you been looking for that fantastic stand alone science fiction book with enough science to satisfy your inner nerd, enough clever plot twistes and proactive adventure to get both your heart pumping and your mind racing and enough humanity that you feel totally connected to the characters involved?

Hey, folks, I'm here for you. Introducing Ideal Insurgent which comes out on ebook tomorrow and is available now in paperback at both amazon and Barnes and Noble on-line stores. Or you can get a signed copy from me for $14 (list price) sent free anywhere in the US.

Preorder it on amazon, buy it in trade paperback on amazon, preorder it from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo. Also, the iStore though I can't give you the link.

 Not ready to invest in an unknown author (or maybe you love my writing but aren't so sure about science fiction)? You can get a taste of the various characters here in a free (everywhere but Amazon who makes me charge $.99) collection of short stories. All are prequels so no spoilers. Even if you get the novel, why not get the extras for free?

You can find it for free on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iStore (no idea what the link is), Kobo and for a nominal fee from Amazon.

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Square Peg in a Round Hole

>> Saturday, February 17, 2018

A few weeks ago, again, I got smacked (again) via FB with the mantra that "a writer writes every day, sits at a desk, pounds it out no matter how hard it hurts or they're lazy and/or liars" screed. Inspiration? Who needs it! Muses? Folly! Writer's block? Sheer laziness! Excuses! Horse manure! Treat it like a job, write even if it's awful or you're not really a writer. You can always fix it in editing and the very act of writing will inspire your writing. (I'm paraphrasing)

That seemed to inspire a few more posts over the next few days of the same theme (I hang with a lot of writers).

I don't write that way. No, I can't write that way. If I sit and force myself to write crap, not only will have such odoriferous crap that can be saved only by blow-torching my computer, my back brain (which does all my best creative writing) will go on vacation for months to teach me a lesson. I know. I've tried. My OCD will tell me I suck as a writer and can't move one step further until I fix (or torch) said writing. My extremely overcrowded list of priorities will go, "You have things that need to be done that are more important than the garbage you're generating." Most importantly, I will hate writing, and hate what I'm writing.

Now, let me stop and say, that this method genuinely works for some people, even some great literary artists. More power to them. More power to whatever method works for you, whether it's locking yourself on a beanbag chair with a tablet computer and a thermos of coffee in your closet to get away from distractions or sitting in your neighborhood cafe with a spiral notebook.

But it doesn't work for me. And I love writing. I write because I love it, knowing it will never make me rich, but I take the thousands of hours I squeeze from my overbooked schedule and devote it to writing because I love writing and love the end result of all that time and sweat and tears. I'm not willing to hate it so I can be a "real" writer. Thanks.

That's aside from the fact that, like most writers, I have a day job. And a family. And things that have to get done that aren't writing related, so I write when I can and, at least in my case, when I'm inspired because that means I'm carving out time in my busy schedule doing something that makes me happy and excited. That will give me a product I love. I will not apologize for it.

I have had dry spells and likely will again, often in times of considerable stress or when overwhelmed in my non-writing world. I have fought my way back every time not because I'm a "professional" but because I love writing.

So, I won't apologize and don't expect anyone to apologize for whatever method works for them. Because, and I feel this strongly, the real criteria to be a "real writer" is your product. And I don't care if you wrote your masterpiece dangling upside down from the ceiling in Grand Central Station or write only for three hours a month under the light of the full moon. No one who produces good writing is anything less than a "real" writer.

In fact, I find pushing to find one's voice to be better advice (though I have one and managed to do everything noted here on my own when I was a kid without a particular plan). Better advice for me, I should say because we are not all the same. The uniqueness of our experiences is why writing is so diverse. Why in the world would we think writers should all be the same but somehow produce unique products?

And (reminding folks that, if the "every day at the desk" method works for you, DO IT), this notion that we have to produce product, so much daily, like a craftsman, should not negate the crazy unpredictable flurry of insane activity of the occasional artist. I absolutely agree that craftsman tend to be paid better and more consistently. But we remember the artists centuries later.

One last note. Many of us labeled as "lazy" are working in non-visible ways. And it shows in our end products. Much like this.



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Debbie Manber Kupfer is back with author info and a sale - it's a twofer!

>> Sunday, January 7, 2018

I've talked about Debbie Manber Kupfer before. I mean, her series is all about different kinds of shape shifters. How can I not love that? So, when I got tagged about some author writing questions, I tagged her and she wrote up answers to put in my blog. (I'll put mine up next time, unless I forget--stupid absent-mindedness!).

So, here are the questions with answers and then I'll tell you a little somethin'-somethin' about her sale starting January 7!



1) Which of your characters are you most like?

Well, there’s a lot of me in a lot of my characters, but probably the one that’s most like me is Miri. So many of her experiences are based on my own. I was very close to my omama (grandma) who died when I was 10 years old. She was from Vienna and made the best cakes, and yes I used to bake with her in my own little cake pans. And since being an adult I’ve never managed to make sponge cakes that tasted like hers despite inheriting her recipe books.

I also had a best friend called Jenny when I was small, who moved away when I was around 11 or 12 years old. We used to play “fairies” on the stairs in my childhood home. My favorite book, like Miri’s was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And even Miri’s cat form (black with one white whisker) is based on my childhood cat, Snowy.

Like Miri I am clumsy and have a tendency to live in a dream world and have always loved to write. I was also bullied at school. The bullying scene early in P.A.W.S. is based very much on a true memory. Sadly though I have never been able to turn myself into a cat!

2) What is important to you in your character building?

That I know a lot about my characters. Not at the beginning, but after a while my characters become old friends and I get excited when an odd character I wrote in one story turns up in an unexpected place in another. (I’m convinced that the world of all my stories is linked together even if it’s not apparent at the start.)

3) How much do you know about your characters ahead of time?

Very little. I’m a discovery writer. As I write my characters come to life. Often, like with Miri, they are based on my own experiences or on people I know, but often they just emerge in all their weird and wonderful glory. So I end up with wild warlocks, a goat of healing, and even a wereduck.

4) What genre do you admire but not write?

I’m in awe of good mystery writers who can make plots twist and turn to keep readers on their toes. I couldn’t even begin to write a mystery.

5) What haven’t you tackled yet but plan to?

I’d like to write a game book, probably set in my P.A.W.S. world. When I’m not writing fiction I write puzzles for magazines so combining writing and puzzles in this way is something that’s immensely attractive. It also seems like venturing down a rabbit hole though, so I will need to finish my series before I’m embark on this.

So, what's this about a sale? You can get all four of Debbie's delightful P.A.W.S. saga for 99 cents from January 7 (that's today) through the January 13. That's a deal and a half right there (which I won't take because I've already got them all, but, hey, my sister's birthday is coming up...). You can find them all here.


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